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Journal of Sensors
Volume 2015, Article ID 716561, 7 pages
Research Article

Model-Checking Driven Design of QoS-Based Routing Protocol for Wireless Sensor Networks

Zhi Chen,1,2,3 Ya Peng,1,2 and Wenjing Yue2,4

1College of Computer, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Nanjing 210023, China
2Institute of Computer Technology, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Nanjing 210023, China
3State Key Laboratory for Novel Software Technology, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210023, China
4College of Telecommunications and Information Engineering, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Nanjing 210003, China

Received 7 February 2015; Revised 26 May 2015; Accepted 27 May 2015

Academic Editor: Jesus Corres

Copyright © 2015 Zhi Chen et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Accurate and reliable routing protocols with Quality of Service (QoS) support determine the mission-critical application efficiency in WSNs. This paper proposes a model-checking design driven framework for designing the QoS-based routing protocols of WSNs, which involves the light-weight design process, the timed automata model, and the alternative QoS verification properties. The accurate feedback of continually model checking in the iterative design process effectively stimulates the parameter tuning of the protocols. We demonstrate the straightforward and modular characteristics of the proposed framework in designing a prototype QoS-based routing protocol. The prototype study shows that the model-checking design framework may complement other design methods and ensure the QoS implementation of the QoS-based routing protocol design for WSNs.